The Oberlin Review

Riot Grrrl Rocks the ‘Sco

The Bikini Kill Cover Band kicked ass.

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

For anyone who thinks that feminism is a fading trend, one look at the ’Sco during Riot Grrrl Night last Thursday, jam-packed with kids of all genders thrashing and singing at the top of their lungs in a raucous ode to female empowerment, would change their mind. The event, sponsored by The Obe...

On the Record: The Mysterious Daniel Johnston

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2011

There are a lot of compilations of your work, like the Story of An Artist box set that was released last year. Are you still fond of your earlier recordings? I don’t really listen to it that much, but when I’m with friends sometimes and they put it on, it’s not bad to hear it. Then I think, ...

JackFest!: Controversial Student-Run Music Festival Reveals Headliners

JackFest founders Harry Israelson and Jackworth Smith pose with a stuffed and mounted friend.

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

“This is what I want to do with my life. This is my passion,” said College senior Jackworth Smith in an interview last Friday. Smith was referring to JackFest, a promising yet controversial music festival that he and fellow collaborator, College senior Harry Israelson, have planned for this May ...

Magpie Pizza Review: Hipster Casual Eatery Sets Scrumptious New Precedent For Local Pizza

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

April 6, 2011

Kvetching about the lack of decent pizza on campus is something of an Olympic sport at Oberlin, with transplanted New Yorkers and Chicagoans taking the gold medal. One rarely walks past the dining halls without overhearing bearded hipsters lamenting the meat lovers’ pie at Stevie, or bespectacled first-years...

Highlights From Cleveland International Film Festival: Midwestern Sundance Features Just As Much Talent, More Snow

Abby Hawkins and Lizzie Conner

April 6, 2011

From March 24-April 3, the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival screened a diverse array of 150 features and 130 short films from about 60 different countries, featuring the works of first-time directors and world-renowned filmmakers alike. Hundreds of filmmakers and other guests from around the...

On The Record: The Vivian Girls

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2011

Perhaps the most significant lo-fi act to emerge from the Brooklyn scene in the last few years, the Vivian Girls followed their 2008 self-titled debut with Everything Goes Wrong in 2009. The trio’s songs tend to consist of two or three chords apiece, the vocals are often off-key and the lyrics a...

Nostalgia: A Column about Antique Fashion

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

Although the Great Crash occurred in 1929, it took a few years for the luxury and decadence of the Roaring Twenties to plummet along with the stock market. By 1933, when this photo was taken on Tappan Square during a campus picnic in May, the public had begun to feel the effects of the Great Depression,...

Music Preview: Upcoming Oberlin Concerts

Adrian Rew

April 6, 2011

4/7 — Riot Grrrl Night — 10 p.m. at the ’Sco — Free A night celebrating the underground feminist punk movement of the ’90s features a reading by Oberlin graduate Sara Marcus, OC ’99, from her recently published book Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, performa...

Drag Ball: A Manifesto in Two Parts

Hunter O'Neill

April 6, 2011

Hunter O'Neill President, Drag Ball Committee The term “drag ball” is thrown around on campus as if it were an Oberlin-specific phenomenon, but this could not be further from the truth: drag balls find their roots in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Though initially organized by white ga...

Trying to Keep Things Perfect Plays with Mythical Boyhood

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

April 6, 2011

Mothers and fathers use the phrase “boys will be boys” to excuse their male children’s troublemaking. In the 1940s and ’50s, the phrase could be heard on television and in books like The Little Rascals, Leave it to Beaverand The Lone Ranger. This fictional adolescence was a suburban American cu...

Tear-Jerking Drama Two Rooms High In Pathos, Short On Substance

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

During the performance that I saw of Two Rooms — directed by College third-year Sam Abrams — a nearby audience member was on sniveling autopilot throughout the entirety of the play. Every scene had her leaking sympathy with such constant gusto that it eventually became white noise. The unrelent...

Lackluster Rappers Fail to Inspire

Angus Chen

March 18, 2011

If you walked into the ’Sco last Tuesday night, you would have seen College sophomore Brian Becker lifted shoulder-high by a group of hip-hoppers, cheering on the raised stage. The rappers unburdened with Becker’s weight stood to the side, pumping their fists in encouragement. Following this exhilarating...

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